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Think tank: The Foreign Policy Centre

Author(s): Susan Coughtie; ARTICLE 19 staff

April 25, 2022

This briefing from UK think tank the Foreign Policy Centre looks at the issue of legal intimidation and SLAPPs against media emanating from the UK.

A new report published by the Foreign Policy Centre and ARTICLE 19 examines the issue of legal intimidation and SLAPPs emanating from the United Kingdom, but particularly London, against journalists and media outlets around the world and finds they are stifling scrutiny and debate on matters of public interest. The use of strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) to shut down acts of public participation is a phenomenon that has been causing growing concern globally. However, it is the UK, and more specifically London, that has been identified as a leading jurisdiction for domestic and trans-national SLAPP cases against media.